Ward and Dale Smith was established in 1963, but from the early 1990’s, the firm increasingly specialised in work to historic buildings.
During most of this period, the Practice was headed by Peter Rhodes and Barrie Saggers, both Chartered Building Surveyors and accredited by the RICS on their “register of experts with experience and knowledge in the field of conservation of historic buildings or sites”. Both surveyors also gained post graduate conservation qualifications.
Since Barrie Saggers’ retirement in 2009, the Practice has reduced in size and relocated to Malvern. Now headed solely by Peter Rhodes FRICS DipBldgCons, it largely services the needs of previous long term clients, such as the National Trust. However, the Practice takes on other projects where these are of particular interest.
Until 2015, the Practice operated from a Grade II* building which, when acquired was on Historic England’s “Buildings at Risk Register”. The property, a timber framed jettied structure was repaired and converted to a new use with the assistance of grant aiding. It won awards from Wychavon District Council and the Civic Society in recognition of the high standard of design and restoration achieved.